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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Male 1: Hi, I'm Robbie Carman. Male 2: And I'm Rich Harrington. Male 1: And welcome to another installment of DSLR video tips. And Rich, this week we're sort of picking up with the topic of lighting in the field, but this time we're going to be actually using lights instead of the sun. Male 2: Yeah but still, no electrical outlets. Male 1: Sure. Male 2: And a lot of times people struggle with this. Like, well, what am I going to do if there's no place to plug things in? Well, there's a whole wealth of battery operated lights. Male 1: Yeah, I mean, I, it's just mind-boggling actually how much this segment of the lighting industry has just exploded over the past few years.
And it's, you know, a large part due to manufacturing's better, we can get things in smaller packages. You know, now, with devices like these little guys we're using LED lights instead of hot lights so they can make them smaller, they can hand hold them, all sorts of stuff. Male 2: Just four AA batteries and it puts out quite a bit of light with a dimmer switch, making it really easy to control. And so batteries of course are one way and I would consider this sort of a high end consumer grade light. This one's from Light Panel so it's a little bit higher end than others. Male 1: Yep. Male 2: There are lots of real basic ones out there.
There are cheaper ones. You could find a wide range of prices. But sometimes you're in situations where you need more control. Like, you have a light here that's a spotlight. Male 2: Yeah, this is cool. It kind of looks like a big, industrial flashlight, but it's actually a nice precision lighting instrument. This guy's made by Lull and just like you had, you know, batteries in it, this has a sort of a beefy battery pack that you can recharge, which is nice. Adds a little heft to this thing and up here is the actual light. We have on and off control. We have dimming control back here. Nice cool thing about this one is that you can actually push and pull on this little sleeve to change sort of the cone of light that you're projecting out from a wider view to more of spotlight kind of view.
Male 2: Yeah and we actually use this in the field as a way to easily fill in some of the faces that were out there so when we were shooting our subject. We're going to see some car shots with them. I just wanted to get a little bit more light into the face. That worked well. But then, speaking of cars, even though there's not an electrical outlet, cars actually do have outlets, right? Male 1: They do. I mean these days, you know, any, well not any, but most cars are probably going to have at least a cigarette adapter in them. They don't call them that any more. Male 2: No, it's not politically correct. It's the 12 volt something or other.
Male 1: Right, and they'll have them upfront. They'll have them in maybe the you know, the armrest or in the back of the vehicle and that kind of stuff. So, what you can always do is get just a little power inverter to be able to char, to power lights and other equipment. You know, the other option too, Rich, is that if you can bring it with you, you can always bring a generator, too. Male 2: Yeah. And we did that as well, just in case we needed it. Now, most generators make a bit of noise, so you're going to need some stingers to run this from a greater distance. Of course, if you're not shooting sound, like we really weren't in this video. Male 1: Right. Male 2: The sound didn't matter. We could just fire it up, because all we were getting was basically footage to go with the music video, there was no actual dialogue or audio performance here, that was pre-recorded.
So, all of these different tools can be used, and I think at this point, it's time to head out into the field, and we'll give you some ideas on how all this different technology can be thrown at the problem to solve it.
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